In Which I Make Jewelry For A Week

Actually, what happened was that I stumbled into a bead sale while trying to get supplies to fix a necklace of mine that broke, and possibly went a little overboard, because SATURATED COLORS and TEXTURES and…um….yeah. So then I had to DO something with the beads, and I was like “gotta make my own pendants, world does not need more necklaces with pendants from Michaels, and then…um…yeah.

Chicken petroglyphs. It…err…sort of just happened.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RedWombatStudio

I have never sold on etsy before and I don’t know anything about it (though I’d quite like to add downloadable coloring pages at some point) so thoughts are earnestly appreciated! I also do not know how to take photos of stuff, so I just slung them over things in my studio and took them outside, which is why the saber-tooth tiger skull is modeling a bunch of pendants.

If any have sold by the time you get there, I’ll have like ten more up soon, I just wanted to start somewhere.

Apparitions

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Apparitions! He was so tired of all these damnable apparitions!

Inspired by the work of Gorey & Don Kenn, trying to figure out if I could get that pen-and-ink effect with my iPad…

One of Those Days

I very rarely check my Amazon reviews–better for my mental health if I don’t!–but I had to check a thing on The Raven & The Reindeer, and noticed that there was a one-star review on it. And curiosity…well, y’know.

Predictably, they were very angry about lesbians.

(Actually, they accused me of writing fairy-tale slash fic, were wrong about one minor plot point, and accused Mousebones the raven of gender confusion. Then there was a Think of the Children and a desire for Amazon to issue refunds, the word hack thrown about, etc.)

Well, I expected that to happen eventually. What I didn’t expect were the remarkably kind things I’ve heard about it from so many readers, many of which made me stop around the house grumbling and making tea, which is what I do whenever I think I might cry a little otherwise. And the stark relief of this one little nasty bit made me realize how incredibly generous people have been about this book, and how grateful I am to have been able to write it for my readers…and then I stomped around the house grumbling and making tea.

And about ten minutes after I noticed this review, Tor.com published a really spectacularly glowing review of it, which I hadn’t known was coming.

So, y’know. One of those days. But thank you all for being such damn fine people. I’ll write books for you guys until I keel over.

Have a toad.

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Fake Book Cover

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This book does not really exist, and is unlikely to do so, so let’s get that out of the way.

Having realized that I will probably be randomly self-publishing things for many years to come, I finally decided that I need to address one of the glaring holes in my artistic skillset–graphic design.

I’m not great at it. But I’m gonna be doing my own book covers as T. Kingfisher for quite awhile. So I spent awhile on Pinterest pinning covers I like or found interesting or eye-catching, and then it occurred to me that there is pretty much no artistic skill you learn simply by looking at examples of it, so I started fooling with fake book mock-ups. My buddy Daniel Solis, whenever anybody drops a particular complex or weird line into the conversation, will simply say “…a memoir,” and so that turned into fake memoir covers and so forth.

I dunno, it sort of works large but the contrast between the green and the brown isn’t strong enough at the small size, so if it was kindle-thumbnail-size, it’d just look too dark.

If anyone has any suggestions for really good entry-level design books, I’d love to hear ’em.

Book of the Wombat 2015

Okay! So people have been asking for a book of all these little journal entries, and I have put one together over on Blurb. (There’s also some photos and a little blathering and whatnot.)

Here’s the thing…it’s POD, it’s a photobook, full color, the print quality is extremely high, and also it is ridiculously expensive.

It’s 72 pages and it costs 36.99. I make a whopping $2 off it.

It is okay not to buy this! You are totally not a failure as a fan! I literally made this so I could order ONE copy for myself because I do these pages digitally and I wanted something I could look at later!

There is also a PDF version available through them. It is 5.99, and I feel that’s absurdly high as well (I make $1 off it!) but if you really want a digital copy with all the journal pages in one place, you can get one! (Looks good on iPad mini, I can testify.)

I am very sorry that I can’t get the price down any farther on those, but literally the only way to do it is to do an actual print run and have actual stock and that involves a zillion books and me having to mail them and I cannot cope with that. So this is what we’ve got. It is possible that someday we will have a better option available! This may not be your only chance forever! And I really don’t expect anyone to buy it, and I really just wanted my copy. And one for my Mom. But people kept saying they totally wanted one, so…here’s what we got.

If you would like to check it out–there’s a preview, so you can see what it looks like–it’s here.

(Yes, the plan is to have a Book of the Wombat 2016 and so forth as well. I just want ’em all for my shelf, since I don’t keep physical sketchbooks anymore.)

Happy New Year!

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One of my first serious experiments with the Procreate iPad app. In some ways, it handles very complex images better than dashing off quick doodles. But anyway, festive cabbages and a happy new year! Thank you all for being who you are, since it allows me to be who I am, and that’s pretty cool.

(I am shamefully behind in uploading Journal Pages. Next year!)

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New Hound, of course, wishes everyone a New Year filled with treats and ear rubs.

African Jacana & Hippos

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I couldn’t resist one more. (Tomorrow, hamsters. Really!)

I decided to try to do something similar to the other two woodblock-homages, this time with animals instead of a landscape (or maybe with hippos, the trick is that animals ARE the landscape.) This is an African Jacana, which I really did see standing on top of the hippos at Chobe. (Hippos don’t care if things walk on them, apparently.)

So the trick to doing these is actually similar to the Art Deco travel posters I was doing earlier–instead of drawing the oulines, I block the whole shape out in flat colors, and use about ten thousand layers, putting thin black outlines around the big blocks of color and then drawing very thin weird lines on other multiply layers to shape the whole thing, and using gradients madly to make the flat colors work.

It is a seriously weirdass way to work. I am having to think much farther ahead than I usually do. Once everything is blocked out, fixing little dings requires sorting through dozens of layers to find out where something is.

But I really like how it all comes out. The thin lines are basically the same kind of black lines I draw on everything, only more useful.

Mad gratitude to Kevin–he took about a hundred photos of hippo piles which were invaluable for making it work. (Hippos have really messed up heads, incidentally. Their eye lumps do things no other mammal does.)

 

Prints available!